Formada Colibri, also known as Katia Da Conceicao, is a respected teacher of Capoeira with over 27 years of experience. She started training in the Afro-Brazilian martial art of Capoeira in her hometown of Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro at the age of 14 with Contra-Mestre Tom of the group, ‘Arte Brasileira’. In 1992 she joined the internationally-renowned ‘Grupo Capoeira Brasil’ under the leadership of Mestre Paulinho Sabia. In 2016 she received the prestigious title of Formada upon being presented her black cord.
Capoeira groups from all over the world invite Formada Colibri to participate and teach at their events. She has travelled across numerous cities in the United States and in various countries such as France, Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Netherlands, Australia, and Brazil.
In addition to Capoeira, Formada Colibri has experience in Brazilian folkloric dance, history and music for all ages and backgrounds. Today, she resides in Chicago as the founder and director of Centro Cultural Quilombo and the Chicago Capoeira Center, organizations that seek to promote Afro-Brazilian art and culture to Chicago communities.